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City MP celebrates Portsmouth’s successful bid to host UK Pride 2025

By 7 December 2023No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP has today [7 December] celebrated the news that Portsmouth will be set to host UK Pride 2025, following a campaign by Portsmouth Pride volunteers.

The main event will take place on 7 June 2025 and will be the largest Pride event in Portsmouth’s history, taking place over several days.

Portsmouth Pride, a group of local volunteers who coordinate the city’s pride celebrations every year, led the successful bid over the last 12 months.

The city MP backed the campaign endorsing the plans and wrote in support of the submission.

Commenting on the announcement, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, said:

“I am delighted by the news that Portsmouth is set to host UK Pride in 2025. I want to pay tribute to the volunteers of Portsmouth Pride who have worked so hard to make this bid a success, having already gone above and beyond donating their time to ensure our LGBT+ community is celebrated every year.

“That’s why I was pleased to provide my full support to the bid to ensure city organisers have the opportunity to showcase their hard work and talents on the national stage.

“I am proud of the way Portsmouth people come together to mark Pride every year. The successful bid is testament to our city’s reputation of diversity and tolerance, making it a natural home for the UK’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

“The event will be a powerful symbol of Portsmouth’s commitment to safety, dignity, and opportunity for all – no matter who you are, or who you love.”

Mr Morgan has consistently lobbied the Government to promote and protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people, most recently through his campaign to improve mental health services, calling for a trans inclusive ban on conversion ‘therapy’ and advocating for greater action against hate crime.

Earlier this year it was announced he was named one of Attitude magazine’s Trailblazers of the year for his work in politics on LGBTQ+ rights.